CANTON, Ohio – The Pro Football Hall of Fame will expand its number of potential inductees to 20 by 2020 as part of the NFL’s 100th celebration. It will be called centennial class, hall president David Baker said Friday that five modern-day players, 10 seniors, three contributors, and two coaches could be selected next year.
The modern-age group will be welcomed by 48 committee selectors, as usual, the day before the Super Bowl in February. The other 15 will be voted as a bloc, not individually, by the executive committee. They will select a 25-member committee that will include Hall of Famers, historians, and current voters.
Part of the class of 2020 will be conducted in early August. Others will be available on September 17, 2020, on the 100th day of the original NFL game.
Baker did not name the 25-person members of the committee, and the exact method of voting. Over the years, approximately 80% of positive votes have been cast for elections.
He even joked that with so many potential inductees next year – the current maximum is eight – there will be “a lot of doors to knock on” with the good news.
“This is good for football, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it is great for the NFL,” he said. “We getaway to celebrate 100 years and look forward to the next 100 years.”
Baker also expressed confidence that voters will get it right and that no one should mess with the Hall of Fame celebration.
“It’s an opportunity to catch up perhaps on some injustices,” he said, mentioning there are seven members of NFL all-decade teams not in the Hall of Fame. “This is an opportunity that comes around every other lifetime.”